PDP loses 4th Rep to the ruling party
The Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives
yesterday lost another member from Plateau
State, Edward Pwajok who crossed over to the All Progressives
Congress (APC) .
In a letter announcing his defection, which was read at
yesterday’s plenary by the Speaker, Hon Yakubu Dogara,
the lawmaker said he was leaving his former because of the unabating
crisis in the party.
Hon,Pwajok’s defection has brought to four the number of reps that have crossed over to the ruling party since the 8th Assembly.
As soon as the defection was announced, the minority
leader , Hon Leo Ogor, who raised a point of order,
faulting Pwajok claim that the PDP was factionalised.
He said going by the Appeal Court judgment, “Senator Ali
Modu Sheriff remains the National Chairman of the party.”
The minority Leader therefore demanded that the Plateau lawmaker must vacate his
“We are presently in court. You are aware that
Sheriff is the chairman of the party. I find it totally
unacceptable. We demand for the vacation of his
seat,” Ogor stated amidst shouts of “no, no”
by APC legislators.
While welcoming Pwajok into the APC, the Majority
Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila called on other PDP legislators
to capitalise on the crisis within the party to cross over
to the ruling party.
On his part, Dogara said the legality of the defection of
Pwajok will be left for the Court to decide.
Addressing the Minority Leader, Dogara said: “Anytime
any member defects to PDP I promise to give you one hour to
The Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, who who was
at chamber to receive the new APC member said the lawmaker’s
defection has opened the floodgate for other PDP legislators
from the state to join the ruling party.
He said,” there are other PDP federal legislators in the
state, who are ready to join the APC”.
Speaking to journalists on his defection, Pwajok said if
the PDP felt strongly about his defection, it should
approach the Court, stating that ” I am ready for them.”,
” Pwajok defection was coming after an earlier defection of
another PDP member from Akwa Ibom State, Hon Emmanuel
Ukoete who crossed to the ruling APC.
Others who have defected earlier include Hon Tony Nwoye and Emmanuel Hon Udende from Anambra and Benue states
respectively. When the duo cross carpeted to the APC, theyequally cited the leadership crisis in the party as reason for their defection